Should I attack with a balanced army or just one troop type?
MZ created a rock, paper, scissors combat system to add tactical depth to the game. Rock bashes scissors, scissors cuts paper, paper wraps rock. Or does it?
It was a system designed to make you think about your army composition and respond to your opponent’s decisions. Except there is no need to:
Attacking with 1 Troop Type is Nearly Always Better
So there it is, just attack with 1 troop type. There are of course situations where this doesn’t apply (attacking mono-infantry into mono-ranged is always a terrible idea). But the fact of the matter is nearly everyone defends with a balanced army. It’s hard not to unless you have only built 1 type of troop.
Going into more detail, the two important scenarios to look at are:
- Balanced Army vs. Balanced Army
- Mono Army vs. Balanced Army
Note, these scenarios all use strategic troops as they are (marginally) better
Balanced vs. Balanced
|You – Balanced||250k||22k|
|Opponent – Balanced||250k||22k|
26k casualties each. Now you switch out your balanced army for a mono one.
Mono vs. Balanced
|You – Mono||250k||22k|
|Opponent – Balanced||250k||27k|
You have killed an extra 23% of their troops without losing any more of your own.
As it stands, considering everyone defends with balanced armies, this is a very simple and dominant strategy – there are currently very few reasons to do anything other than attack with a single troop type. Especially when you consider how much easier it is to focus your equipment and gems on boosting one single troop type.
That said, whilst this perhaps shuts down one tactical door, it opens another. That of optimum defending. If someone send a 2m rally of infantry should you dump all your non-ranged troops at the last moment? Or perhaps you only ever build one or two troop types and make heavy use of anti-scout?
Optimum Defending – should I defend with all my troops? Guide to follow. Watch this space.
Also, as a side note, getting into the realm of mono vs mono armies makes standard troops useful again. Perhaps this is the tactical nuance MZ always intended and we are only just discovering it.
Now for some questions
Which Troop Type Should I use?
- Scout your opponent and attack with the troop type that mirrors their dominant troop type
- Failing that attack with the troop you have the strongest boosts for
- Otherwise: cavalry is faster, infantry carry more resources home, ranged is in the middle.
My opponent has anti-scout on, what if he is defending with one troop type?
Guessing and getting it wrong is very bad for you. Particularly with Strategic Troops (this is the one area where regular troops are better). Currently, it is unlikely your opponent will be defending with mono-troops but If in doubt, attacking with a balanced army is the safe option.